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Icelandic Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Icelandic Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginIceland
Other Names
What other names does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? The dog breed also known as...
Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Íslenskur Fjárhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis Islandicus
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Icelandic Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Icelandic Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Icelandic Sheepdog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Icelandic Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Icelandic Sheepdog price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Icelandic Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Icelandic Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Icelandic Sheepdog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Icelandic Sheepdog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Icelandic Sheepdog weigh? Icelandic Sheepdog weight:
20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Icelandic Sheepdog? Icelandic Sheepdog average weight:
25 pounds (11.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Icelandic Sheepdog? Icelandic Sheepdog height:
12-16 inches (31-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Icelandic Sheepdog average height:
14 inches (36 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseSoftWavyThickStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Icelandic Sheepdog's coat?
WhiteCreamGoldRedChocolateFawnGrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Icelandic Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Icelandic Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Icelandic Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Icelandic Spitz? Icelandic Sheepdog shedding level:
Icelandic Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AgileCheerfulAlertEnergeticInquisitive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Icelandic Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Icelandic Sheepdog obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Icelandic Sheepdog sensitivity:
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Icelandic Spitz need? Icelandic Sheepdog social needs:
Icelandic Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Iceland Dog bark?
High: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good as a watchdog?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Icelandic Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Icelandic Spitz? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Icelandic Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Icelandic Sheepdog do?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Icelandic Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Icelandic Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Icelandic Sheepdog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Icelandic Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Icelandic Sheepdogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Icelandic Sheepdog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Icelandic Sheepdog and children:
Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Icelandic Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Icelandic Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdogs be office dogs?
Yes
Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Icelandic Spitz temperament with senior people? Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Icelandic Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Not really
Icelandic Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs have health problems?
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Icelandic Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Icelandic Sheepdog breed? Health risks of Icelandic Sheepdog:
Eye ProblemsHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Icelandic Sheepdog be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Icelandic Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Icelandic Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Icelandic Sheepdog have?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Icelandic Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Icelandic Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Average. The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Icelandic Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Icelandic Sheepdog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Icelandic Sheepdog drool?
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Icelandic Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Icelandic Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Icelandic Sheepdog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Icelandic Sheepdog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Icelandic Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Icelandic Sheepdog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Icelandic Sheepdog

Pros
  • Drooling tendency: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Icelandic Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

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  • Corgi

    Nov 10, 2020, 2:56:40 PM:

    wow my best dog friend is a Icelandic sheepdog this didnt lie!

  • Styk

    Oct 9, 2020, 12:26:53 PM:

    I have a dog of this breed and they are incredibly cute and affectionate.